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Finca La Emperatriz Reserva 2008 Wine Review

Finca La Emperatriz Reserva 2008

Finca La Emperatriz Reserva 2008

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain

Community Score:92/100

Community Reviews: 3

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Price: $32.95

Drink: 2014-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Finca La Emperatriz

Agent: Black Sea Wine

Natalie's Score: 91/100

Love this style of old vines Rioja! Old leather, juicy, almost tart cherry, and lots of layered satisfaction with a contemplatively long finish. Mouth-filling, mouth-watering and subtle with some spice on the finish and cigar box. One for the cellar -- if you can wait. This is a blend of traditional Spanish red wine grapes: Tempranillo and Garnacha grown in the Rioja region. The grapes for this wine come from 60-year-old bush vines, and their concentrated but nuanced flavour shows through. Pair with beef-based dishes.

Food pairings: beef, lamb stew, old cheddar.

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This Finca La Emperatriz Reserva 2008 was reviewed on March 7, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

An exciting blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Viura and Graciano which spent 24 mos in oak. Dark garnet red with an aromatic nose of ripe cherries, vanilla and sweet baking spices/clove. The rich palate shows ripe red berries, clove, leather and vanilla. Harmonious rich mouthfeel and a satisfying ripe cherry finish.
The 2008 vintage of the Finca La Emperatriz Reserva has a smoky weave from having been aged in 70% American oak barrels. This is a red wine blend of 94% Tempranillo, 3% Garnacha, 2% Viura and 1% Graciano grapes. The vineyards for this winery were originally owned by the wife of Napoleon III and she was the last Empress of France. - Community Wine Reviews

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